Foreign tourists exempted from Covid-restrictions in KP

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Peshawar

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has exempted foreign tourists from the novel coronavirus-related restrictions across the province.

According to a notification issued by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Department, foreign tourists and their groups have been exempted from COVID-19 related restrictions and other standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. Kazim Niaz Sunday visited Abbottabad city, on which Commissioner Hazara division Riaz Khan Mahsood briefed visiting dignitary about Coronavirus SOPs, lockdown and establishment of check posts at tourist spots of Hazara division.

On the occasion, Inspector General (IG) of Police KP Dr. Sanaullah Abbassi, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Hazara Mirvais Niaz and Secretary Health KPK Syed Imtiaz Shah were also present.

Commissioner Hazara said that after the lockdown and establishment of check posts at tourists spots of the region a visible change in the issues can be seen, all hotels and restaurants were checked on daily basis following the directives of National Command and Control Center (NCOC) and report them on daily basis. He said that transporters are cooperating with administration.

Chief Secretary Dr. Kazim Niaz also attended NCOC meeting from Commissioner Hazara office through video link.

Dr. Kazim while speaking at the occasion said that I along with IG KPK monitoring the situation and resolve issues pertaining to the tourism in the region, owing to the tourist influx after Eid, district administrations can face issues, we have established check posts at Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra and Sawat where vehicles are checked according to the NCOC guidelines.

He directed taskforce health department officials to accelerate the pace of vaccination and to establish two main vaccination centers at Peshawar.

We also have established control rooms with complete facilities at all districts where administration was facing vaccination data entry issues, adding the chief secretary said.— TLTP